The Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification is intended as a professional credential for individuals with “lived experience” in behavioral health.
“Lived experience” means:
- The applicant has a personal history of drug or alcohol addiction and is engaged in recovery and/or
- The applicant has a personal diagnosis (experience) of a mental health condition and is engaged in recovery, or
- The applicant has personally provided care to a child, youth or adolescent with a drug or alcohol addiction or mental health condition
|WHY DO I WANT THIS CREDENTIAL|
|√ Recognition that peers are key for delivery of behavior health services|
|√ Ability for peers to achieve and maintain a professional credential|
|√ Opportunity for skill and career development|
|√ Ensures employed peers meet certain standards for experience and training|
|√ Potential implications for Medicaid|
|√ Ensures competency standards for the profession|
|√ Requires adherence to an ethical code|
*Please note that any and all information submitted as a part of this application is confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the CPFS Certification Board.